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Physician–Scientist Residency Track

The physician–scientist residency track of the Internal Medicine Residency program in NYU Langone’s Department of Medicine trains internal medicine residents to conduct laboratory-based basic science and patient-oriented research. Residents leave the program prepared for careers as independent investigators in academic medicine.

Rapid advances in science, technology, and clinical care offer unparalleled opportunities for research that leads to medical breakthroughs in disease prevention and treatment. Too often, this fast pace leaves residents limited time to acquire the knowledge necessary to participate in the research that drives these advances.

The physician–scientist residency track aims to solve this problem by offering residents protected time to engage in comprehensive research training in a nurturing environment. Residents participate in a two-year residency program instead of the standard three-year curriculum before entering a three-year research fellowship.

Our graduates are poised to be the next generation of physician–scientists at the forefront of biomedical discoveries that improve patient care.

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) code for the physician–scientist residency track is 2978140C1.

Physician–Scientist Track Details

The physician–scientist residency track is an option for qualified candidates in the Internal Medicine Residency program in the Department of Medicine. Residents receive training for two years, followed by clinical and research training in a fellowship program.

Candidates are required to have an MD degree, and most have an additional advanced degree (such as a PhD, MPH, or MS), as well as significant basic or clinical research experience.

Your first and second postgraduate years, or PGY-1 and PGY-2, consist of 24 months of direct patient care. During PGY-3 and PGY-4, you may choose to finish your internal medicine training or complete subspecialty training. You then spend at least three years conducting research.

You have the option of completing your clinical training either before or after the three-year research curriculum. You also participate in seminar series, research presentations, and periodic social gatherings with academic leaders.

To ensure that you become fully immersed in the vibrant research environment at NYU Langone, you are paired with a physician–scientist mentor and meet with a mentoring committee. They monitor your progress, provide research guidance, and offer career advice.

Our program satisfies all American Board of Internal Medicine requirements for internal medicine residency and subspecialty training.

Financial support

Salary support is provided through the Department of Medicine during PGY-1 through PGY-3, and through the department or division of your subspecialty discipline during the remainder of the program. Research-related expenses are the responsibility of your primary mentor.

You are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding through NYU Langone’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, including pilot project awards, National Institutes of Health KL2 career development grants, and institutional grants.

How to Apply

Candidates must complete the secondary application for the physician–scientist residency track in addition to participating in the National Resident Matching Program®, also known as The Match®, and applying via the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

The application requires descriptions of your research experience as well as your career goals and how you think the program will help you achieve them. Desirable, but not required, information includes a subspecialty area of interest and potential research areas of interest and mentors.

If you’re interested in pursuing fellowship positions in these subspecialties, we still encourage you to apply; however, you will have to wait until the second year of residency to go into the subspecialty match.

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Contact Us

The physician–scientist residency track is overseen by Edward Y. Skolnik, MD, program director. For more information, email

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